Kids count in Michigan data book released


Michigan’s children will continue to experience great odds to success in their lives unless much is done to address the underlying causes of their plight according to researches and philanthropists targeting efforts to improve kid’s health, safety, education and social well-being enabling them to thrive.

The report, 2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive effort is funded by  the Annie E. Casey Foundation The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation The Skillman Foundation Steelcase Foundation Frey Foundation Michigan Education Association American Federation of Teachers Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation United Way for Southeastern Michigan DTE Energy Foundation Ford Motor Company Fund Battle Creek Community Foundation Fetzer Institute.

Here are a few important findings and a couple recommendations.  The report has many more in its entirety.

About 10% of children in Michigan are impacted by parental incarceration.

The cost of child care consumes 38.3% of 2016 minimum wage earnings.

  • The state eligibility level for child care assistance is among the lowest in the nation.
  • Less than 2% of children, ages 0–12, receive child care subsidies

Working a full-time, minimum wage job leaves a parent with a family of three $1,657 below poverty each year.

  • More than 22% of children live in poverty, 47% of African-American and 30% of Latino kids.
  • Nearly 28% of children in rural counties live in poverty, 24% in midsize counties and 22% in urban counties.
  • Infant mortality rates are higher for babies of color: 13.2 per 1,000 for African-Americans; 11.6 per 1,000 for American Indians; 9.4 per 1,000 for Hispanics; and 6.1 per 1,000 for Middle Easterners.
  • The infant mortality rate is highest in rural counties (7.8 per 1,000) compared to other county types
  • 31% of mothers did not receive adequate prenatal care throughout their pregnancy
  • Nearly 17% of children live in high-poverty neighborhoods, 55% of African-American children and 29% of Latino children.
  • Students of color and those with low incomes and other risk factors have lower rates of proficiency on state assessments.
  • On third-grade English Language Arts (ELA), nearly 61% of American Indian/Alaska Native students, 66.5% of Latino students and 80% of African-American students were not proficient.
  • High school dropout rates for students facing homelessness are about 20% and nearly 21% for migrant students.
  • 54% of 3- and 4-year-olds are not in preschool. • 54% of third-graders were not considered proficient in ELA.

Among many recommendations to improve the lives of children are:  Provide workforce development opportunities that improve both education and job skills by supporting investments in adult education and assistance to attain postsecondary training and credentialing.  Adequately fund public schools targeting resources in high need areas and fully funding the At-Risk program.  Provide sufficient funding for early interventions to improve third-grade reading using a birth-to-eight framework.

Los niños de Michigan seguirán experimentando grandes probabilidades de éxito en sus vidas a menos que se haga mucho para abordar las causas subyacentes de su difícil situación según las investigaciones y los filántropos que apuntan a los esfuerzos para mejorar la salud, la seguridad, la educación y el bienestar social de los niños permitiéndoles prosperar. El informe, 2017 Kids Count en Michigan Data Book A Michigan Donde todos los niños se desarrollan el esfuerzo es financiado por la Fundación Annie E. Casey La Fundación Max M. y Marjorie S. Fisher La Fundación Skillman Fundación Steelcase Fundación Frey Asociación de Educación de Michigan Federación Americana de Maestros Michigan Blue Cross Escudo Azul de la Fundación de Michigan United Way para el Sudeste de Michigan Fundación de la Energía de DTE Fundación Ford Motor Company Fundación de la Comunidad de Battle Creek Fetzer Institute.